Jo Gane: Photographic Artist & Educator

A White House on Paradise Street / Developed in Birmingham

Things are now progressing at a pace with the project A White House on Paradise Street to launch at BOM (Birmingham Open Media) on 16th June 2017.

We have had additional funding confirmed from Arts Council England to run a whole summer programme of events and activities around early Photography in Birmingham which will be titled Developed in Birmingham. There are some really exciting things planned.

Two new websites are in development and links shall be posted once they go live, shortly.

Continue watching this space for updates.

University of Birmingham Pinhole workshop

I'll be leading a pinhole photography workshop at University of Birmingham's Research and Cultural Collections Study Centre on Wednesday 7th June from 2-5pm.

The workshop will allow participants to use recycled materials to construct a working analogue pinhole camera which can be used to photograph the area around the Research and Cultural Collections Study Centre, particularly exploring links to the history of women at the University. Analogue negative images will be made on silver gelatin paper that will be processed during the workshop using a small portable darkroom, then ‘printed’ using your own smartphone technology.

There will also be the opportunity to explore the photographic collections, including historic analogue cameras and diverse photographic archives, held by Research and Cultural Collections.

For more information and to book, please visit the University website here.

This event is part of the programme accompanying the exhibition Making Space: Celebrating Women at the University of Birmingham.  

Leamington Spa Museum and Gallery Pinhole workshop

I'm leading a pinhole Photography workshop at Leamington Spa Museum and Gallery which will allow participants to photograph the landscape surrounding the gallery using a pinhole camera made from a recycled drinks can and develop images in my portable darkroom.

The workshop runs on Saturday 3rd June from 11-4pm.

For more details and to book please visit the museum website here. 

Historic Cameras with Liz Hingley for Making Space at University of Birmingham

I have spent a wonderful few weeks working at the Research and Cultural Collections study centre at University of Birmingham, alongside photographer Liz Hingley to create images using antique cameras for the exhibition Making Space: Celebrating Women at the University of Birmingham.

I have greatly enjoyed spending time at the RCC known affectionatley as Redmarley, a beautiful house which houses a fascinating collection within a welcoming domestic space.

It was a priviledge to be able to work on such an inspiring project with a driven group of talented women. Working on the project was made particularly special as I was able to work with my new 4 month old daughter, blurring the boundaries of work and family in a way which felt like the ideal working situation.

Here is an image of Liz with my daughter Minnie taken as a quick exposure test, which I feel captures the special atmosphere of the project.

I am hoping to produce more work here in the future, watch this space.

Private Commission based on Alternative Suns

I have produced the first new image in almost 10 years for the Alternative Suns series as a private commission for a client from McDermott galleries who remembered the original series when it was shown in the city in 2007.

I greatly enjoyed re-visiting the work and spending some contemplative nights in the Alvechurch countryside with a large format camera and slide sheet film creating the image below, which has been printed at a large scale for the client's beautiful Georgian home.